Alum Jennifer Ha wins Minnesota Invitational

Jennifer Ha, Kent State junior and 2013 MAC Golfer of the Year, continued to build on an already outstanding college resume with a win at the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 16-17.

Playing in a field of 60 elite golfers from 12 universities, Ha led the way for her Kent State team with a tournament best 147 (+3) through 36 holes. After notching four birdies in Round 1 to land a +4, Ha improved vastly in the second round, sinking three birdies for a 1-under 71 going into the final round on Sept. 17.

The newly-crowned MAC Golfer of the Week (announced Sept. 19) continued her solid play during Round 3, dropping in six birdies (including three in a row on Nos. 2-4) as well as an eagle on No. 14 to card a final 4-under 68. Her final 215 (-1) was a spectacular 7 shots better than runner-up Stephanie Miller (222) of Illinois, making her the only player to finish under par for the tournament.

Marking an impressive start to the Kent State Women’s Golf season, Ha and the Golden Flashes can be seen next at the Nittany Lion Invitational in State College, Pa. on Sept. 27-29.

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Restrepo victorious again, takes 1st at Cardinal Cup

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Laura Restrepo, former International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) student and International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) member, was able to keep her winning streak alive this Fall with another first place overall finish at the Cardinal Cup on Sept. 16-17.

Representing the five-person team from the University of Louisville, the sophomore tallied a final 212 through three rounds, securing the win out of a field of 65 golfers from 13 competing universities. This 4-under-par performance, along with her teammates’ impressive finishes — Emily Haas tied for second and Katie Petrino tied for fourth — helped Louisville take the Cardinal Cup for the second year in a row.

Restrepo’s best round came in Round 1, where she sunk four birdies on the front nine to land a 5-under-par 67 — a new collegiate low for the young golfer. Her second round 2-under 70 helped give her the lead with a cool 137 with one round left to play. After bogeying holes #1 and #3 in the final round, Restrepo bounced back with three straight birdies on her way to a final 74, sealing the one-shot win for the tournament.

Louisville Women's Golf Cardinal Cup | Day 2

This is Restrepo’s second collegiate victory in as many events. She can be seen next at the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

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Werenski’s 2nd place finish boosts Georgia Tech at Tar Heel Intercollegiate

IJGT and IJGA alum, Richy Werenski, had a great weekend at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Sept. 14-15), where his individual 2nd-place finish helped his Georgia Tech team capture a win.

Solidifying a 4-under-par 212 through three rounds, Werenski finished second within his team and second overall, just four strokes behind individual winner and teammate, Seth Reeves.

Adding to his 1-under first round performance, Werenski pulled off a fabulous, 4-under second round, sinking six birdies to finish at 68.  Though he started off slow in the final round, making two bogies and a double bogey through the first five holes, Werenski made up for it on the back 9 with two birdies on the final three holes to pull off a final one-over par 73.

Richy Werenski, courtesy of www.ramblinwreck.com

This is the second event and best finish thus far for the Fall 2013 season for the Georgia Tech senior. Next up for the Georgia Tech Men’s Golf team will be the Brickyard Collegiate in Marcon, Ga., slated to take place Oct. 4-6.

Final results from the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville GC

McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.

McCabeMcCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.

McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.

Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.

But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.

“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.

The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.

Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.

Yao carried a three-stroke lead as the final group of her, Hopton, Victoria Ross of Spring Grove, Pa., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., headed to the 16th tee box.

Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.

On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the greenHopton to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.

The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.

Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.

“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.

Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

Parrini JeffParrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.

“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished second with a tournament total of 172, and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., rounded out the top three carding a 174.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)

 

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Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Norristown, Pa.

September 14-15, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70

1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151

2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155

2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155

4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156

5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157

7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158

7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158

9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159

9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159

11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162

12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163

12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163

12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163

15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164

15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164

15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164

18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165

18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165

18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165

21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166

22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168

22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168

24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169

25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170

26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171

27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172

28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175

29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177

30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178

31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179

32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199

DID NOT FINISH

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150

2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174

4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181

 

 Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70

1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*

2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174

4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175

5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182

6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206

7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223

 

*Won Playoff

IJGT Alumni Meadow, Rushton, Werenski all shine in collegiate events

Stephanie Meadow, IJGT alum and current University of Alabama senior, placed tied-for-second during the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at Tulsa Country Club on Sept. 9-11. Shooting an individual 71-69-66 for a final 206, Meadow finished at 4-under-par, solidifying her top-3 finish just 2 shots behind leader Kyung Kim of Southern California. In a field of 15 collegiate teams, Meadow’s fabulous performance helped her team grab a 4th-place tie.

After a shaky one-over-par performance in the first round with two bogeys and just one birdie, Meadow upped her game over the next two rounds. After the second round, she managed a one-under 69 after carding three birdies on the final six holes. Her final round proved to be the most impressive, shooting a four-under 66, helping her leap into second place with Julie Yang of Oklahoma State and Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State.

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Meadow has taken the golf scene by storm thus far in her college career, racking up an outstanding resume, including being a three-time first team All-American and holding numerous school records. While a member of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Meadow had a high rate of success, collecting many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.

Alabama’s next event takes place on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Matt RushtonInternational Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) alum, former IJGT member and current freshman at the University of Notre Dame placed tied-for-sixth in his first collegiate tournament over the weekend. At the Gopher Invitational held Sept. 8-9 in Independence, Minn., Rushton carded a final total of 3-under-par 210, four strokes back of the winner Corey Connors from Kent State. The event, featuring players from 12 college teams, allowed Rushton break into college form, helping lead his team to a seventh place finish.

Rushton, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, used a huge first round to propel himself toward the top of the leaderboard. He birdied five holes, including four in a row on the front nine, and was tied for the lead after round one with a 4-under-par 67.

Matt Rushton

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After a second round 2-over-par 73, he bounced back with four birdies en route to a final round 1-under-par 70. It was an impressive performance in his first taste of college competition, and his head coach Jim Kubinski was pleased with what he saw from Rushton.

“To see Matt excel through the bag is exciting for us,” Kubinski said. “He was so solid, from his attitude and focus to his ball striking and putting. He just seemed so comfortable out there, which allows a player to have great success.”

As a three-year IJGT member, Rushton built up a resume chock-full of notable finishes, including three first-place wins. Two of these came in the 2012-2013 season, at the Oct. 13-14 Port Royal Golf Club event and the Dec. 1-2 Old South Golf Links event.

Rushton and the Irish will return to action Sept. 23-24 at the eighth annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.

Richy Werenski, a well-known IJGT alum and current Georgia Tech senior, participated in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, GA on Sept. 6-8, where he finished tied-for-fifth.

Werenski birdied four holes in the first round to tally a day one score 2-under-par 70. After a rough second round where he shot 5-over-par 77, Werenski bounced back in a big way, posting six birdies en route to a final round 5-under-par 67.

Overall, he finished with a final score of 2-under-par 214. Werenski’s score gave him his fifth top-10 finish of his Yellow Jacket career.

richard werenski

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The Yellow Jackets will be back in action Sept. 14 in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel, Hill, N.C.

 

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See also:

IJGT Alum Laura Restrepo wins IU Fall Kickoff

and

Jared Mactas wins first collegiate competition at Colgate Invitational

 

IJGT Alum Laura Restrepo wins IU Fall Kickoff

Laura Restrepo, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, finished first overall at the IU Fall Kickoff at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. She fired a first round 2-under-par 70, then followed that up with final round 3-under-par 69 to card a final total of 5-under-par 139. Restrepo’s score gave her a one-stroke victory over Louisville teammate Katie Petrino.

Louisville had two separate squads competing in the team portion of the event. The Louisville (Red) team, featuring Restrepo, finished first overall in the team competition. The Louisville (Black) squad finished second. Restrepo and the Cardinals are back in action Monday, September 16 as they host the 2013 Cardinal Cup at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky.

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Restrepo in 2011 after winning at Hilton Head Lakes.

Restrepo was a standout in her time with the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). A two-time All-IJGT Team member (2011 & 2012), Restrepo notched six victories in her two years with the IJGT, with the most notable victory coming at the 2011 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Restrepo also won the IJGT Event at Hilton Head Lakes in Oct. 2011 with a score of 9-under-par 135.

Congratulations Laura!

 

Featured image: Restrepo after winning the 2011 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Players of the Week – Sept. 7-8

Northeast Tour

MCAFEE, N.J.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to McAfee, N.J. for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs on September 7-8, 2013. The Quarry/Rail course at Great Gorge Country Club provided many breathtaking views for the players but also put a premium on accuracy as it challenged the players with a variety of hazards and wooded areas off the tee. Eun Won Park and Paul Terminello were able to navigate their way through the challenging course to stand out as this week’s Players of the Week.

Paul Terminello

Paul Terminelllo (left) of White Plains, N.Y. had two completely different days at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.  Paul had a tough day during the first round and finished with an 89. The second day of the tournament proved to be a great turnaround for Paul as he earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award with a one-over-par 71. The 18-stroke improvement on the final day moved Paul into the top ten for the tournament. His final round scorecard showed only three bogeys and two birdies. This was also the lowest 18-hole score for the entire tournament. Paul will take this momentum into the next event he plays in and hopes to produce another low round total.

Eun Won ParkIn the Girls Division, Eun Won Park (pictured at right) of Tenafly, N.J. got off to a rough start in her first IJGT event of the season, but battled back on the second day to improve by 11 strokes on her way to a 74. Unable to card any birdies in the first round, Eun Won was more consistent during the second round and carded three birdies including one on the intimidating par-3 6th hole that featured a forced carry over water. Eun Won’s two-day total of 159 put her in third place for the tournament.

 

Southeast Tour

The IJGT also hosted its second Southeast tournament this past weekend at Hilton Head National Golf Club, in Bluffton, SC.  Juniors competed on the beautiful and challenging Gary Player course design. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan and Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region due to their outstanding performances this past weekend.

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Ogawa (left) opened up his first round tied for the lead with GeunTae Kim from SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, shooting an impressive round of 1-under-par 70.  Starting his final round on the back nine, Ogawa birdied his first hole of the day on the 362 yard par 4, No. 10.  He made the turn shooting a 2-under par 33.  Ogawa carded three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars on his final round, shooting 1-under-par on back-to-back days.  Tied at 140 overall, Ogawa and Kim went into a playoff on No. 10, where Kim landed it within 4 feet for a birdie putt for the win, but a near miss and a par each recorded lead the pair onto No. 11. Kim’s approach shot into the green was even closer the second time around, falling within a foot of the hole for a tap in birdie, and the victory. Ogawa, who just came short of victory played strong all weekend, as he demonstrates in all of his events with the IJGT. We look forward to his upcoming tournaments and potential victories this season.

 

Rodriguez (right), a 16-year-old in the Girls Division demonstrated the ups and

Clementina Rodriguez 2nd Place Girlsdowns to the game of golf this weekend.  Battling a knee problem, she finished her first round 7-over-par 78, putting her ten shots back of the leader Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany. This wasn’t exactly a pleasing score, and a fire lit within her—two birdies of her first three holes during the final round got her momentum going, to result in a final round 3-under-par 68. Rodriguez received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round honors, and a 2nd place trophy for her weekend performance. We are excited to see more outstanding golf from her this season.

 

Jared Mactas wins first collegiate competition at Colgate Invitational

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Jared Mactas, former IJGT member and current freshman at Lafayette College, took home the title in his first collegiate competition, the Colgate Invitational, held Sept. 7-8. Carding a 1-under-par 215 (74-70-71), Mactas finished two shots ahead of second-place finisher, Bryce Edmister, of Binghampton University. His strong individual play also helped lead Lafayette to a T6-place finish out of the 14 college teams competing. This was a spectacular finish for Mactas who, after being tied for second place at even par heading into the final round on Sunday, fired a one-under 71 to pull away for the title.

Jared Mactas - IJGT Major Championship winner at The Architects Club

Mactas was no stranger to the International Junior Golf Tour, competing in 13 events over the past three seasons. His most notable performance while being a tour member came at the Major Championship at Architects Golf Club Oct. 13-14, 2012 in Lopatcong, NJ where he placed first. His final 4-under 138 was a cool four shots ahead of all other competitors.

Lafayette will compete in the Bucknell Invitational Sept. 14-15 at the Bucknell Golf Club.

Congratulations, Jared! We look forward to seeing you succeed in many more events to come!

 

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Final results from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions

Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.

DSC01479In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.

Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.

On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.

Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.

Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.

DSC01475Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.

The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.

El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.

Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.

DSC01480In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.

Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes.  She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole.  Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).

 

Weather:       

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hilton Head National Golf Club

Bluffton, S.C.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71

 

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140

3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144

4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147

6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150

6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79

8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151

9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154

10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157

10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157

12. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159

14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161

14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161

14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161

14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161

19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162

20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163

20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163

20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163

23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167

23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167

25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168

26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169

26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169

26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169

26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169

30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172

30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172

32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173

33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176

34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184

 

DID NOT FINISH

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71 

1.  Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160

5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163


Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151

5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158

9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159

10. Lita Huber,

10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160

12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162

13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185

14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203

14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203

 

*Won in a Playoff





Final results from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs

Kim wins first Major at Crystal Springs

Parsells holds on in Girls Division

MCAFEE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Major Event of their season the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Hosted by Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Country Club, a field of 56 players representing six states and three countries took their best stabs at the course. The tournament featured junior players ages 10-19 competing for national rankings, as well as double IJGT Merit Points.

Played on Great Gorge’s nine-hole Quarryside and Railside Courses, the two combined to play as a par 70, from 5,709 yards for the Girls Division, 6,049 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,590 for the Boys 15-19 Division. Each nine-hole course featured its own unique layout. Carved into the remnants of an old quarry, the Quarryside course marked the tighter of the two, while Railside, featuring artifacts of an old rail line, was more open but also more hilly. Located on a mountainside, swirling winds added an extra element of difficulty for the field.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., was victorious, taking home his first IJGT Major Championship. Kim entered the final round two strokes back of first round leader, and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner, Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, N.J., after carding an opening round 77.

Entering the final round, Kim was part of a group of 10 players all within four strokes of the lead. As part of the final group Sunday, Kim played alongside Firth, Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Unlike his partners, Kim was able to avoid any big mistakes.

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Kwanwoo Kim was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division.

While Kim made pars, and two birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 15, his opponents fell victim to Great Gorge’s elements. Firth was the first to succumb, posting a nine on the fifth hole. Mackedon came next, as triple-bogeys on holes Nos. 7 and 9 pushed him too far back. Kaczan bogeyed holes Nos. 6 and 7 and never regained his confidence, while struggling on Railside (playing as the back nine.)

Kim continued with his pars on the difficult course and by the 16th hole held a comfortable lead. He managed a par-save from the sand on the par-5 16th, and then drained a 10-footer for par on hole No. 17. With one hole separating Kim for a Major victory, he did not let the pressure get to him, instead blasting a 300-plus yard drive right down the middle of the fairway on the closing hole. His approach stopped 20 feet from the cup, and he was able to comfortably two-putt to take home the championship. He finished the day with a 5-over-par, 75, to shoot 152 over the two days and was four strokes clear of Isaac Gorenstein of Nyack, N.Y., who finished second. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., finished third with a tournament total of 157.

Kim said the hardest part of the course was, “The 7th, 8th and 9th,” but noted his, “putting,” allowed him to stay in the lead.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., shot the low round in the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a 1-over, 71. It was also the lowest round of the tournament by any age group.

Like the Boys, the Girls Division featured a handful of players clustered at the top. After Saturday, Frida Henningsson, from Rye, N.Y., Christina Parsells, from Bernardsville, N.J., and Linda Wang, from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 79. Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., lurked within striking distance.

Henningsson, Parsells, and Wang all earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for their performance in the first round.

Wang was the first to find trouble. Her tee shot on the par-3 12th (Girls Division teed off on hole No.10) landed unluckily in the middle of a bunker containing the stands of an old train rail, which played as an integral part of the course. She was forced to chip sideways in the bunker, before chipping out Wang finished with a double-bogey on the hole and lost all momentum.

With their fellow competitors faltering, Henningsson and Parsells were neck-and-neck, with each golfer playing their first nine at 2-over-par.

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Christina Parsells; winner of the Girls Division.

In the group ahead of them, Shin was putting together her own impressive round, trying to make a comeback victory for the second week in a row. With many sloped greens, making birdie was no easy task, and she had to settle for multiple pars on her way to a 2-over-par 72 and 153 tournament total. That could have been good enough to lead her to victory, but Parsells did not give her the chance.

While Henningsson struggled on the second nine, Parsells shot an even-par to match Shin with a 2-over-par 72 and finished at 151 for the tournament to earn the championship and double Merit Points.

When asked what the key to victory for her, Parsells quickly noted her driver, mentioning, “I only missed two fairways all week.”

Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., quietly put together a 4-over-par, 74 on Sunday to crawl back into contention. Her strong showing in the final round was enough to finish in third place with a 156.

Parsells and Shin tied for the low round in the Girls Division with their 72s on the final day to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could not match the drama of the other divisions, but still featured strong play. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., jumped out to a comfortable lead after firing a 79 in the first round. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., was Parrini’s closest competitor at 11 strokes back.

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Joe Parrini became a Major Champion at Crystal Springs.

Parrini was not as strong on Sunday, but the lead he built the day before allowed him to play more relaxed. He shot a round of 87, which included eight pars and a birdie to finish at 166 for the tournament en route to his Major Championship.

Parrini said he, “Plans to play at Jeffersonville,” as his next tournament and build off the confidence from a Major victory.

Sample shot an 88 on Sunday to finish at 178 for the championship, and earned second place. Daniel Bastian of Media, Pa. rounded out the top three.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 14-15 in Jeffersonville, Pa., for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will be played at Jeffersonville Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

MCAFEE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Crystal Springs conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,590 yards, Par 70 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 70 (69.6/130) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,709 yards, Par 70 (74.1/133)

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Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Crystal Springs

McAfee, N.J.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Great Gorge Golf Club (Quarry/Rail)

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,590 yards, Par 70

1. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-75–152

2. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *79-77–156

3. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-78–157

4. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *85-73–158

5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *84-75–159

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-80–159

5. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *75-84–159

8. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *89-71–160

8. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ *85-75–160

10. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *89-72–161

10. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *79-82–161

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *80-81–161

10. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *78-83–161

10. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *79-82–161

15. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *82-80–162

15. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *76-86–162

15. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY *77-85–162

18. Nick Geiman, York, PA *81-82–163

18. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *82-81–163

18. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-84–163

21. Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, NJ *84-81–165

21. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *82-83–165

23. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *85-81–166

23. Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT *82-84–166

25. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *84-83–167

26. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *84-85–169

27. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *87-83–170

28. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *85-88–173

29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *85-90–175

30. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *85-93–178

31. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *92-87–179

32. Matthew Quigley, West Milford, NJ *93-88–181

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *93-89–182

34. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *98-90–188

35. Peter Beckwermert, Wayne, NJ *101-93–194

36. Daniel Makarevich, Great Meadows, NJ *107-92–199

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *86-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Green Tees, 6,049 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-87–166

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *90-88–178

3. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *92-89–181

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,709 yards, Par 70

1. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *79-72–151

2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *81-72–153

3. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ *85-74–159

4. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY *79-81–160

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *79-86–165

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *81-86–167

8. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *85-83–168

9. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-84–169

10. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-86–170

11. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *86-86–172

12. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *87-87–174

13. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *96-95–191

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *97-96–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *JWD